Director: Chakri Toleti
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Rana Daggubati, Sushant Singh Rajput, Salman Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur
Synopsis: Chakri Toleti pays a tribute to Robert Altman’s Pret-a-Porter with his first Bollywood movie Welcome to New York. In this matured brand comedy on Hindi film industry where no one takes themselves seriously, the misadventures take place as the whose who of Bollywood come for International Indian Film Academy or popularly known as IIFA award in New York. Sophie (played by Lara Dutta), an IIFA employee select two disastrous contenders from a talent hunt show to take revenge on her employer. Jinat (Sonakshi Sinha), the next Manish Malhotra from Gujrat and Teji (Diljit Dosanjh), part-time goon and part-time singer from Punjab start to prepare for their performances on the starry evening of Indian Oscar. In a parallel plot, a revenge plan to kill Karan Johar (played himself) is going on by his evil twin Arjun (also Karan Johar). Riteish Deshmukh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rana Daggubati, Salman Khan make cameo appearances along with various references of film industry. Some funny moments like Rana Daggubati’s Bahubali act, Jinat’s resemblance to Sonakshi (like Ocean’s Twelve), Salman’s Dabangg moments with Jinat will definitely tickle the funny bone of the audiences. Finally, we can say that finally a mature comedy has come where Bollywood biggies dare to laugh at themselves.
- Karaj Johar is show-stopper here. He played both the characters Karan and Arjun with ease.
- The welcoming note of self-satire on Hindi film industry
- Smart screenplay and apt editing gives a crisp and fresh feeling
- The romantic chemistry between Sona and Diljit is not developed properly.
- The comedy between the leading pair seems to be little stretched.
- The makers could take care of the location as there are too many scenes in hotel rooms, parking lots and sets.